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Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Residency Permits (14 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 1340. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if, in relation to waiting times and so on for permanent residence cards these applications for permanent residency for family members of EEA nationals are processed in chronological order; and when the applications currently being processed were received. [30241/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Residency Permits (14 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 1341. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time in relation to waiting times and so on for permanent residence cards, that it takes for family members of EEA nationals to receive temporary stamp 4 permission while the permanent residence application is processed; and if they can travel and return to Ireland while the permanent residency application is...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medicinal Products (14 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 1443. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to 35 children with cystic fibrosis who are being denied access to the life-changing drug Kaftrio due to a new pricing dispute between an organisation (details supplied) and the HSE; his views on the fact that those with cystic fibrosis over the age of 12 years have access to the drug and it was also made available to 140...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 94. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress that is being made on sectoral carbon emissions limits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28374/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I will pay attention to the number of times I come in this time.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Okay. I will follow up on an earlier line of argument in the context of how we are falling short of our commitments in respect of our emissions reduction targets. Yesterday’s EPA report shows that we are falling well short of what is in the climate action plan, which is law. Friends of the Earth issued a number of statements yesterday and did a very good job in pointing out many...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: The emphasis here is on what you choose to pick out of it. Friends of the Earth is right. The amount of energy from the national grid used by Data centres is absolutely shocking. It currently stands at around 14% and is set to rise to 30% by 2030. These kind of figures are unbelievable. The Minister seems to live in a fantastical world where, on the one hand, the Chair of the climate...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I will sum matters up by saying that any attempt to develop an LNG terminal in this country will be met with the ire of the climate movement that the Minister once represented. I feel he will let the members of that movement down in vast numbers if this development goes ahead. It cannot just be down to an energy review and An Bord Pleanála; it has to be down to our national and global...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I am just stating a fact. The leaflet was signed by the very man, Wes Edens.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: I understand the Minister's beliefs and I think he holds them sincerely, but they clash with the continued push from many Deputies and people outside this House, such as local councillors and other business interests, for the LNG terminal at Shannon. An Bord Pleanála will make a decision on that soon. I would argue that the board has been hugely compromised in recent weeks, according...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Do I get to come back in?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 92. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if sectoral carbon budgets targets can be met if the State also supports the building of liquified natural gas terminals and if this is in line with current climate science; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28375/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: This question is on the sectoral carbon budgets, but more in line with how these fit with the building of a liquified natural gas, LNG, terminal. It is clear from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, report this week that we have a serious problem in this regard. It stems not just from the failure to implement the Government's plan but from the Government's plan itself. Even if the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: It was LNG.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Policy (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Therefore, pending the review where the energy security issue will be examined in light of all the hype around the war in Ukraine, we may, indeed, have an LNG terminal. I think there is a disconnect between what is happening and the rhetoric we are getting. The Government's inaction is clear on things like data centres in respect of their huge consumption of our energy. In this context,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: The Minister did not answer my question about the number of commercially run centres, but I hope he will come back to it. First, we both agree that the scrapping of this inhumane system has to be achieved. If the Minister achieves this, he can be proud but I contend that the entering by the Green Party into a coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, which have an appalling record...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: We agree on many things and I am sure the Minister does not get verbal or even officially written opposition to the commitment to end direct provision. The problem is that the Minister is in a Government with parties that are dominated by their links to international finance, developers and the idea of private property for rent and ownership. They have handed over public land and facilities...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 2. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to recent media reports of further delays to his Department’s plans to abolish direct provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28434/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Is the Minister aware - I am sure he is - of the recent media reports of further delays to the Department's plans to abolish the direct provision system? I ask him to make a statement on the matter. In his response, I ask the Minister to clarify, in respect of the answer he just gave to Deputy Daly, how many of the 37 centres are commercial and run for profit.

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (2 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 45. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of asylum seekers that have been given own door accommodation since publication of the White Paper For Ending Direct Provision. [28429/22]

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